25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom's Taxonomy 25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom’s Taxonomy While critical thinking is a foundation rather than a brick, how you build that foundation depends on the learning process itself: exposing students to new thinking and promoting interaction with that thinking in a gradual release of responsibility approach. Question stems can be a powerful part of that process no matter where the learner is. Assessment (pre-assessment, self-assessment, formative and summative assessment), prompting and cueing during discussion, etc. In that light, the following 25+ question stems framed around the early, non-revised Bloom’s Taxonomy are worth a gander. Image attribution flickr enokson; 25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom’s Taxonomy
Transdisciplinary Skills : Ms Rea's Powerful Panthers Transdisciplinary skill sets derive from the ISM Mission and School-wide Student Goals. They are the tools that learners need to access and demonstrate learning, to develop a deeper understanding through continuous inquiry and action, to become self-directed and independent and ultimately to be productive members of a global community. The teaching of these skills is the responsibility of all teachers. Different curricular areas provide opportunities for discrete focus on specific skills, but the goal is to be aware of the transfer of each skill between disciplines. The transdisciplinary skills enable students to develop and articulate their understanding of big ideas and concepts so that they see the links between what they do in a classroom and how it is applicable or transferrable in other areas of their lives. These are some of the guiding questions: In addition to the guiding questions on the COMMUNICATION poster, here are more specific questions:
The Best Things In Life Are Free (a story about CPD) « I Should Be Marking FREE BEER 3.3 Ready to Drink! Originally uploaded by AGoK They say that the best things in life are free, and yet people regularly pay £200-£400 for a one day course on a variety of topics. This last Friday, though, the decision in school was that for our staff development PD day, where previously we have had outside speakers come in and run session on whole-school issues, we would take advantage on some of the that already exists within school. Heads of department signed their staff up to 3 sessions a week before the day and the idea was to spread staff around the sessions so we can all feed back in the next departmental twilight (this week). I signed myself up for ‘Planning for Outstanding’ delivered by a local assistant head, ‘Starters and plenaries’ jointly run by an HE and a science specialist, and ‘Building Challenge to Support Pupil Progress’ by one of our assistant heads. Planning for Outstanding The really intriguing section, though, is the bottom half of the page. What If?
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Using Fiction Writing to Develop Creative Thinking September 29, 2011 by Sherrelle Walker, M.A We are always on the lookout for more effective ways of teaching creativity in the classroom. With much attention on the decreasing status of the United States in the world economy, the need for a stronger creative class, and the realization that the next generation of professionals and leaders will have to be more innovative than ever to solve the world’s problems, educators need more ways to teach children the ability to engage in creative thinking. In the classroom, so much of what we do focuses on teaching our students to recognize and repeat patterns. Mathematical functions follow patterns. Creativity, on the other hand, is the breaking of patterns. So therein lies our problem: if teaching strengthens the mind’s ability to recognize patterns of meaning, how do we teach creativity – an act that by its very nature breaks with patterns? The answer: we need to teach the patterns that support creative thinking. In my own six words?
Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson? Recently, I was looking through my bookshelves and discovered an entire shelf of instruction books that came with software I had previously purchased. Yes, there was a time when software was bought in stores, not downloaded. Upon closer examination of these instruction books, I noticed that many of them were for computers and software that I no longer use or even own. I realized that I did the same when I bought a new car -- with one exception. This pattern was and is true for every device I buy. The Need to Know Too many classrooms ignore this basic learning model. Lessons, units, and topics are more motivating when they begin with a question whose answer students want to know. There is a catch, though, in using questions to begin your lesson. Have you ever forgotten the name of a song and spent hours trying to remember it? 10 Questions That Motivate Learning Questions this powerful are hard to find. Middle school math: What does Martin Luther King have in common with algebra?
Thinkers Keys - Classroom Ideas Tony Ryan's Thinkers Keys Classroom Ideas:There are 20 different ‘Thinking Keys’ each designed to unlock different parts of the thinking process.The use of the keys helps to develop flexible problem solving and thinking habits.The thinking keys provide a flexible and dynamic way to engage students in further learning. They are a great way to do informal assessment during the unit for measuring student understanding.The students really enjoy the range of activities that the keys enable them to choose from and subsequently produce interesting and thoughtful work.There are many ways that the thinkers' keys can be integrated into the classroom to enhance the thinking of the students: Warm up Activities - Give the class one of the keys to work on for 5 to 10 minutes to get them thinking creatively before writing or before/after the bell. countries.Resources - The keys as seen in the picture on the right, can be printed off and laminated so they are child friendly.
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The Hobbit --Novel Study Guides for the Classroom Enrichment: Research how messages are encrypted and deciphered. Invent your own code for sending secret messages and see if any of your classmates can break the code. Chapter One-- An Unexpected Party Write a short biography on J.R.R. Create a title page for your novel study guide. Keep a daily journal about what you think of the novel. Chapter Two-- Roast Mutton What evidence is there that Bilbo Baggins hasn't just been dreaming about a party? Pretend you are either a dwarf or a troll and write a letter to J.R.R. Chapter Three-- A Short Rest According to Gandalf, what lay hidden somewhere not too far ahead of the travellers? Chapter Four-- Over Hill and Under Hill Explain how the dwarves and the hobbit were able to find their way up the treacherous mountain.What did Tolkien mean by a thunder-battle? Chapter Five-- Riddles in the Dark Why was Bilbo so frightened when he regained consciousness? Chapter Six-- Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire Chapter Seven-- Queer Lodgings
249 Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking Bloom’s Taxonomy’s verbs–also know as power verbs or thinking verbs–are extraordinarily powerful instructional planning tools. In fact, next to the concept of backwards-design and power standards, they are likely the most useful tool a teacher-as-learning-designer has access to. Why? They can be used for curriculum mapping, assessment design, lesson planning, personalizing and differentiating learning, and almost any other “thing” a teacher–or student–has to do. For example, if a standard asks students to infer and demonstrate an author’s position using evidence from the text, there’s a lot built into that kind of task. First a student has to be able to define what an “author’s position” is and what “evidence from the text” means (Knowledge-level). Though the chart below reads left to right, it’s ideal to imagine it as a kind of incline, with Knowledge at the bottom, and Create at the top. 249 Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking
iPad Apps and Bloom’s Taxonomy I felt it was worthwhile to update the Top Post (over 25,000 views) on Langwitches: Bloom’s Taxonomy for iPads I have added links to each app represented on the visual. Remember: Exhibit memory of previously-learned materials by recalling facts, terms, basic concepts and answers. describenamefindnamelisttell Suggested apps: Understand: Demonstrative understanding of facts and ideas by being able to: explaincomparediscusspredicttranslateoutlinerestate Suggested Apps: Apply: Using new knowledge. showcompleteuseexamineillustrateclassifysolve Analyze: Examine and break information into parts by identifying motives or causes. compareexamineexplainidentifycategorizecontrastinvestigate Evaluate: Present and defend opinions by making judgments about information, validity of ideas or quality of work based on a set of criteria justifyassessprioritizerecommendratedecidechoose Suggested Apps Create: planinventcomposedesignconstructimagine Related Bloom's Taxonomy and iPad Apps 21. In "Featured Carousel" 7. 29.